South African fashion designer David Tlale will be joining the line up at this year’s Africa Village in Belgrade and Ljubljana. His collection “ARISE A Promise of Africa” took New York by storm in 2009. He has certainly proven to be a design force to be reckoned with, having won numerous local accolades and nominations.
David’s motto is “Life is an occasion. Celebrate it in style, elegance and pure indulgence of a David Tlale original”. Soon the best dressed ladies in Serbia and Slovenia will be able to see (and purchase) world class South African styles on their doorstep.
I’m delighted that we’ve managed to secure a much larger venue for this year’s Africa Village in Belgrade....
The Museum of African Art in Belgrade, Serbia hosted the first ever South Africa Village in Eastern Europe in September 2009....
The Museum of African Art in Belgrade, Serbia hosted the first ever South Africa Village in Eastern Europe in September 2009. The groundbreaking event was opened by the Serbian Minister of Art and Culture, Mr Bradic who was welcomed in traditional fashion by African drumbeats and dancing Zulu women.
Eleven South African SME’s were able to display their craftware to fascinated visitors in the “African hut” styled exhibition stands. Also on display were Joburg City, KZN Tourism, National Heritage Heritage Council and several commercial entities like the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce, Luzano Stones and Granite and Moya Africa.
From a South African perspective, Eastern Europe represents virgin territory, which can be developed to the advantage of the development of arts and culture, tourism and trade. Using art and culture as a drawcard, has proved to be hugely successful in the first Africa Village. This year’s event will be held in several cities and promises to be even bigger and better, with the Serbian Chamber of Commerce hosting a series of “Eastern Europe Introduction” talks for business delegates.